Follow the track to the rear of Te Pua Hut up river and continue up the Tauranga River. Watch out for the track as it crosses benches on either side of the river. Not long before the Tauranga River forks into the Mangatoatoa Stream (about 4 km upstream) a benched track heads upwards on the true right. This is well marked with orange triangles. This track continues for just over 1km past the main forks alongside the Mangatoatoa Stream to reach the Uruwaea/ Mangatoatoa Stream forks. From here the track climbs between the forks and along to the Te Rangakaapua/ Mangatoatoa Huts turnoff. Take the south track to descend down to a small stream. Cross this and follow the track up a short climb to reach Mangatoatoa Hut (8 bunks).
Time: 4-6 hrs.
Most of the land below the Mangaone Stream and in the Otapukawa Stream is private and users are asked to respect this.